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The Tribunes – Can’t Afford to Live Album Review: An Amalgamation of Classical & Contemporary Punk

Finding the words to describe The Tribunes sound is almost like finding the words to describe how awkward it is to watch a Game of Thrones sex scene with your Nan. I’d be willing to put money on the fact that the sound created by The tribunes in their debut 2018 album Can’t Afford to Live is like nothing that has ever been created before. Their album contains a mash up of Classic Punk, Post-Punk, Garage and Indie Rock to create an anthemic vibe. The vocals are highly reminiscent of bands such as Public Image Limited and Magazine, however the rolling instrumentals are straight up Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster mixed with the Stooges.

Instrumentally The Tribunes are as tight as a Punk collective can get, yet I couldn’t help but think that the vocals weren’t the right fit for the flawless sound which was especially evident in the title track to Can’t Afford to Live, instrumentally the bad created a Jangle Pop masterpiece which was dampened by the slightly drawling vocals. Having said that, I can’ remember the last time I stumbled on a band as fun as The Tribunes.

You can check out The Tribunes 2018 album Can’t Afford to Live on Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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A Dog Named Bob – Stayin’ Home Tonight: Pioneering Punk Rock

When I first listened to Stayin’ Home Tonight, I thought I was in for a peaceful, acoustic, Indie pacifying rendition of melancholy. The latest track by A Dog Named Bob proved to be anything but.

Their debut track is one for the angsty introverts who have seen the light and realised that staying in isn’t all that bad. Stayin’ Home Tonight has a little bit more bite than your average Pop Punk track. The vocals curtesy of Martin Perez hit through the soundwaves as classic punk, yet the up-beat tempo of the track undeniably has its roots in the bouncier, fresher genre of Pop Punk.

Influences on the Toronto based band include Teenage Bottle Rocket & NOFX, yet their sound translates into one that is far more reminiscent of Neck Deep’s earlier music. The bands other tracks such as Last Punk Girl is also one to check out if heavy Punk Rock is your bag!

You can check out the official lyric video to Stayin’ Home Tonight on YouTube now:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3eAG5JIhfY

To hear more from A Dog Named Bob, head on over their website where you can treat yourself to some more anarchic sounds, you can grab yourself some merch too!

http://adognamedbob.com/

Review by Amelia Vandergast.

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Frantic Endeavor – 2+2: Girls To The Front

2+2 is the standout track from the debut EP by Frantic Endeavor in which the band incorporated a nostalgic sense of Pop Punk Clamour. As you’d expect the track is packed full of tight riffs and resonance along with an infinite offering of flawless drumrolls, to put it simply it’s a masterpiece of percussion fronted by female vocalist Lexie Lacock, who invokes a strong familiarity to singers such as Taylor Swift & Hayley Williams from Paramore. Yet as a whole, the sound that the talented collective of musicians has achieved is something like you’ve never heard before, each of the 6 musicians has a radically unique stance on their sound, the mix allows them to create the ultimate Post-Rock sound.

The Massachusetts based band Frantic Endeavor take their inspiration from acts such as Blind Revision, Among the Cypress & Summer Street to create their spell-binding, Progressive Rock sound.

Check out Frantic Endeavors latest track 2+2 via YouTube using the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMP1wvInZnA

You can also stay up to date with the bands latest releases and tours by following them on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/FranticEndeavor/

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Daisy – ‘My Baby’s Blood’ Mind-twisting Lyrics

This song is the first standalone EP from Daisy; it’s also mastered and mixed by Luke Allmond and Daisy. When you first get to listen to this song you’re definitely going to have a lot of thoughts in your mind. You’d sincerely have many reasons as to why you should stay put and wait till you hear the last lyrics that comes off from this song.

While this might be a very slow song, it’s actually at the same time the type of song that will make you think too deep in a bid to unravel the factual meaning in what the singer is trying to say in the song.

There is to some reasonable extent an infusion of the artist’s personal sex, love and relationship tale which he’s had or probably still having with his lover. It’s more like a roleplay kind of relationship, perhaps, because you’ll get to a point where the artist mentioned in one of his music lines that “He is her baby’s baby girl and her baby also is his baby boy at least when she’s bored of her other toys”. It’s even really more of a mind twister when you read just the lyrics.

Yeah, the lyrics are somewhat intricately placed and also it’s also skillfully written. So I challenge you to check out the song and be the judge here.

The soothing vocals, and the melody that emanates from the steady percussion string and other set of musical instruments that strums each moment to keep the slow tempo of this song in unison till the very last minute its play time is also not very hard to be noticed.

Other than the part in the middle of the song where there are a lot of pitfalls in the sound/vocal range of the artist, I think this song is a very nice one. I’d be willing to see other works from this artist so I can understand if he’s intentionally good at writing very deep and mystical lyrics just like he so perfectly did in this song.

-LILIAN-DEBRAH

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What Would Tilda Swinton Do – Kill: Reignition of Riot Grrrl Nostalgia

How could you possibly go wrong with a name like that? The collective of anarchistic musicians behind What Would Tilda Swinton Do have created a Punk Rock sound unlike any other.

There’s so many commendable elements to this track, I scarcely know where to start without going full on fangirl over them. Their sound which is ubiquitously, raucously in keeping with the classic 90’s Riot Grrrl sound. It’s the freshest female fronted punk act that I’ve heard since Sleater Kinney & Courtney Barnett. Suzie Léger fronts the bands with an empowered confidence and attitude that makes you fall in love with her and her ambivalent energy. You can’t help but get caught up in the rolling guitar riffs and pure unadulterated. Percussion soaked sound that the talented musicians create.

Their self-proclaimed lazy Punk sound is one that will undoubtedly make waves in the underground NYC scene. Whilst this band are still in their infancy, that doesn’t stop them from creating stand out hits. Such as their latest track Kill. It’s comedic, its genius, it’s simply stunning.

I’m putting it out there that WWTSD are the greatest underground act of 2017, there are no words that can encapsulate their enigmatic essence.

So, head on over to Soundcloud where you can check out their latest single Kill, along with their debut track Bikerbraut which was released at the start of 2017.

https://soundcloud.com/whatwouldtildaswintondo/kill

Head on over to their Facebook page and show them some love too!

https://www.facebook.com/whatwouldtildaswintondo/

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Across The Atlas Deliver Solid Pop-Punk Single

Pop-punk has always been a genre happy to do just what it says on the tin. The infectiousness of the throwaway pop template spliced on to the energy of the punk attitude and the result is the best of both worlds. No bowing down to dance floor fashions that normally rule the former and a chance to lighten up and make more palatable the intensity and surly nature of the latter. Across The Atlas know this only too well and on latest singe, Daydreamer, they are more than happy to prove it.



As a result the riffs are crisp and melodic, the vocals accessible rather than merely aggressive, the intricacies within the song are relevant rather than the pointless showboating that the genre is sometimes prone too. It may not be kicking down barricades and marching into unknown musical territories but then again what’s wrong with just being damned good at your job? Nothing, that’s what!

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‘TRACKS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED V1’ ALBUM REVIEW

Before you pull out your next dime to purchase a new punk/rock song, here’s what you should do to ensure you put your money to good use; make sure you cop for yourself a copy of ‘Tracks You Might Have Missed v1’.

‘Tracks You Might Have Missed v1’ is an incredible new punk, rock and alternative compilation album from an independent record label that’s known as Thumbhole Records. This album is a meticulously hand-vetted collection of dope songs from the best upcoming artists. The featured artists/bands on this album are basically those whom their genre of music isn’t far-fetched from the classy punk, rock band and some other alternative bands across the globe.

After many ratings and overview of music quality from the list of over hundreds of songs entries that were submitted via their open submission promotion, today, Thumbhole record finally released their first compilation album; ‘Tracks You Might Have Missed’ which has 20 great tracks in it.

Thumbhole Records really did a good job overall in picking quite an excellent song tracks for their first album compilation. With the level of quality work that’s been evidently seen from their first album one is left with nothing but to wonder how crazy their second best 20 song album compilation will be. Indeed this record label with their album compilation has helped good music bands to gain the global exposure they deserve and I commend them for that.

This album is filled with massive tracks from emerging bands including Dead Neck, Captain Trips, 5 Year Plan, Marigolds, Deathcaps, Hollow Heart and much more. All the 20 songs in this album are quite interesting and well produced.

If you’re a metalhead and love the vibe of audio inferno and the succinct transfixion that comes along with its spectacular sound, then the eleventh commandment you shouldn’t fail to keep is this: make sure you go get the album ‘Tracks You Might Have Missed v1’ from Thumbhole records.

Yeah if not for anything, do it for all its harmonious awesome metal sound that surely suspends both the mind and body in a wild trance.

This is a new ‘fresh-off-the-water’ music compilation of different amazing artists with good masterpiece singles that will surely leave you asking for more. It’s 1 pm here and I’m still my hands are still stuck on repeat on Captain Trips band’s ‘bottom of the river’.

Overall, the album ‘Tracks You Might Have Missed v1’ is an amazing album with 20 incredible song tracks from different up-and-coming music bands. I just can’t wait to see what’s gonna be added in the second album ‘Tracks You Might Have Missed v2’

Lilian-Debrah

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Check Out Bad Saint’s Electrifying Song “Hanging On The Telephone”

Bad Saint is a solo project by Tess Freedel based in Seattle. What is so fascinating about this is that she composes all the parts of the song and has fellow musicians join her for performances and “Hanging on the Telephone,” is no exception. This girl knows what she wants and she not only shows this in the way she composes her music but also in her very straight forward, fresh lyrics. With a strong pop rock vibe and an element of punk rock thrown into the mix, this song is one of those that you will find yourself singing randomly throughout the day.

With a cool edgy vocal tone, crunchy guitar sounds and underlying synth sounds sustaining the foundation, all performed by Tess Freedel herself, “Hanging on the Telephone” is basically an explosion of vibrant sonorities brought together in a fascinating way. The vocal tone also gives the song its character and attitude and it is evident that all instrumental and vocal parts are performed with conviction and very confidently, proving that this girl is definitely ready to take over the music scene with her sparky and creative ideas and a very unique and clear artistic vision!

-Sarah Marie Bugeja

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Paper Sweaters Bring Back The Dynamic Sound of Pop-Punk With “N L M B”

Paper Sweaters bring back the dynamic sound of Pop-Punk with their brand new single, NLBM.

The track immediately strikes for its amazing guitar tone. The overdrives are creamy, saturated and crunchy, going for a full on wall of sound that has a lot of character to it.

The drums come in full-on, going for a massive tone, immediately echoing the work of artists such as Blink-182, MxPx, or Green Day.

Paper Sweaters managed to create a song that feels authentic, direct and driven, a great return to the “less is more” philosophy, proving that a few simple elements in a mix can do wonders when it comes to create energy and momentum in a song. Paper Sweaters stay true to their melodic punk roots, with energy, vibrancy and melody, combined into one package.

The band has a special way to combine their passion for classic Pop-Punk with a more modern and personable approach, giving them a very distinctive sound and a unique formula.

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Breath After Coma Releases Alternative Punk Track ‘I, The Animal’

Punk meets Alternative, Breath After Coma has a real tough persona, bringing an edgy style to rock, “I, The Animal” mediates between control and despair. The vocals disclose the frustration towards the catalyst of their repression, with the tumultuous electric guitar accompanying the recurring theme of pain, sending the dynamic of the track into an invigorating frenzy. Breath After Coma sets the scene from the get go by revealing, “A love affair between the primal and the supreme”, and what comes after is a striking touch to a forbidden relationship, and that is exactly what completes the perplexity in the track.

“I, The Animal” is a complex understanding, where Breath After Coma uses comparisons to the consequences of their actions that has become so erroneous. A parallel contrast to “raising hell” is symbolic to a self-affliction of guilt, yet what makes this idea so relatable is how the blame is shifted to their “supreme”. There is a sincere compassion through their performance, whilst the staggering beat supports the vicious guitar strum, there is a benevolent quality hidden between the lines. Breath After Coma proves they have the capacity to feel pain, whilst continuing to care, “You breed all needs like there’s still belief/I did my deeds and I raised hell/I fed your lights locked up my pride/Left all drained in this boy”.  “I, The Animal” invites us to witness a darker side to torment, a liberating relief from a complicated circumstance.

-Aly Mchugh

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